Thursday, May 11, 2017

Barr Selected to CoSIDA Academic All-District™ At-Large Team

2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District™ III Women's At-Large Team

Liberty field hockey senior Serena Barr has been named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District™ III Women's At-Large Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.

Barr has been selected to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District™ III Women's At-Large Team.
As a result of her inclusion on the team, Barr will now appear on the ballot for the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® team, with the first, second and third team All-America honorees being announced on June 8.

Barr is the second Liberty field hockey player to be selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District™ at-large team, joining Helen Doolittle, who garnered the distinction in both 2013 and 2015.

Barr, who holds a 4.00 GPA, will graduate summa cum laude on Saturday with a Bachelor of Science in public health. The native of Lurgan, Northern Ireland was named the 2016 Zag Field Hockey National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Scholar Athlete on March 22. She was the only NCAA Division I field hockey-student athlete to receive the honor.

Barr was also named to the Zag Sport/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad and Scholars of Distinction lists in all four seasons she competed for the Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team.
On the field, she was named to the 2016 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America second team, becoming the second All-American in program history. As a senior, Barr guided the Lady Flames to a runner-up finish in their inaugural season in the BIG EAST Conference in the fall of 2016 and was voted BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year for her efforts.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Liberty Seniors Brown and Tickle Named to Big South All-Tournament Team

Liberty lacrosse seniors Courtney Brown and Victoria Tickle were named to the Big South All-Tournament team on Sunday, following the conclusion of the 2017 Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship.

Brown (left) and Tickle (right) were selected to the Big South All-Tournament team.
Brown, a midfielder, scored the final two goals of the game in No. 4 Liberty's season-ending loss to No. 1 High Point, Friday. The native of Ladera Ranch, Calif. also scooped up one ground ball in the contest. Brown put together the best statistical season of her Lady Flames career as a senior, totaling career highs in goals (18), assists (11), points (29), shots (51), shots on goal (33), ground balls (37), draw controls (30) and caused turnovers (18) in 19 games.

Tickle, a defender from Fairfax, Va., recorded three ground balls and two caused turnovers against High Point on Friday. In 19 games this season, Tickle notched career highs in both ground balls (53) and caused turnovers (27).

No. 1 seed and tournament host High Point defeated No. 2 seed Campbell, 19-5, in the title match of the 2017 Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship on Sunday for its third women's lacrosse championship in program history.

Big South All-Tournament Team
Christina Del Sesto, High Point (MVP)
Darla Poulin, High Point
Emory Gaeng, High Point
Jill Rall, High Point
Melissa Placek, Campbell
Kayla Reilly, Campbell
Alex Salim, Campbell
Katie Clark, Winthrop
Katherine Judge, Winthrop
Courtney Brown, Liberty
Victoria Tickle, Liberty

Saturday, May 6, 2017

No. 4 Liberty Falls in Big South Conference Championship Semifinals to No. 1 High Point

No. 4 seed Liberty could not overcome an early 9-0 deficit, falling, 20-9, to No. 1 seed High Point in the Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship semifinals, Friday at Vert Stadium.

The Lady Flames finish the season with a 6-13 record, while the Panthers improve to 14-3 overall with their 14th consecutive win. High Point will move on to Sunday's championship game at noon, where the Panthers will face the winner of this evening's contest between No. 2 Campbell (9-7) and No. 3 Winthrop (9-9).

Darla Poulin and Big South Offensive Player of the Year Samantha Brown paced High Point with five goals apiece, while sophomore Brianna McCaffrey netted four goals for Liberty.

High Point seized control from the opening whistle, racing out to a 9-0 lead in the game's first 9:02. Brown found Poulin for her first two tallies just 22 seconds apart, with the second goal giving the Panthers a 2-0 edge with 27:05 to play in the opening stanza.

Following a Liberty timeout, goals from the Panthers' Erica Perrotta and two tallies from Brooke Stevens extended the home lead to 5-0. Brown scored her 49th and 50th markers of the year to push the High Point lead to 7-0 with 22:02 remaining in the half. Ashley Britton and Emory Gaeng's first goals of the day staked the Panthers to a 9-0 advantage with 20:58 left on the first-half clock.

Liberty's first goal of the contest came from McCaffrey, her 37th of the year. McCaffrey created her own fastbreak opportunity and fired a low bouncing shot past Panthers goalkeeper Jill Rall and into the net to trim the deficit to 9-1 at the 18:07 mark.

Following Ashley Britton's second goal of the match, her sister Paige Britton, a Lady Flames midfielder, scored from the left side of the eight-meter arc, her 23rd of the year. The goal brought Liberty to within eight, 10-2, with 14:21 on the clock.

However, the Panthers closed the opening frame on a 5-2 run, fueled by Brown's third and fourth goals of the game. McCaffrey scored the Lady Flames' final two markers of the opening half, including her third of the contest with 37.1 seconds left. Liberty trailed, 15-4, at intermission after being outshot, 26-4.

Liberty played High Point to an even 5-5 score in the second half while holding a 7-5 edge in draw controls and tying the Panthers in shots, 12-12.

After Perrotta gave High Point a 12-goal lead (16-4) just 70 seconds into the second frame, McCaffrey and fellow sophomore Kayla Foster brought the score to 16-6 with a pair of goals. McCaffrey's marker was her 40th of the season, tied for the third-most goals in a single season in Liberty lacrosse history. Foster's 32nd tally of 2017 came with 25:38 remaining and brought her point total for the year to 65, the third most in a season in school history.

High Point's final four goals of the contest came from Poulin (2), Brown (1) and Allie Little (1). The Lady Flames' final three tallies came from the sticks of freshman Grace Fletcher and senior Courtney Brown. Fletcher scored a free-position goal with 17:51 left to make it 17-7.

Brown's pair of goals came in the final six minutes of play. She scored the first on a feed from Kaitlyn Cassidy-Fischetti with 5:46 left, and her second of the match (18th of the season) came on a pass from Foster with 2:23 remaining to settle the final score at 20-9.

Liberty goalkeeper Katherine Widrick (5-8) made six saves in the first half while yielding 15 goals in the defeat. Aubrie Tarris played the second half in net for the Lady Flames, surrendering five goals while making four stops. Rall (13-0) was credited with the victory. The High Point freshman made four saves against nine goals.

High Point held advantages in shots (38-16) and ground balls (26-19) while committing fewer turnovers (19) than Liberty (31). The visiting Lady Flames won 16 draw controls, compared to 15 for the Panthers. Foster won a game-high nine draw controls for Liberty, while Widrick and Panthers midfielder Samantha Herman led their respective squads with four ground balls apiece.

2017 Women's Tennis Spring Season Recap

Following the conclusion of the spring season for Liberty women's tennis, LFSN reporter Alan York had an opportunity to recap the season with Liberty Women's Tennis Head Coach Jeff Maren.

The Lady Flames posted a 7-1 record in the Big South, this spring, earning a share of the conference's regular-season title for a second straight year. Liberty's season came to an end with a 4-3 loss to No. 2 seed Charleston Southern in the semifinals of the Big South Women's Tennis Championship, April 22 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.

2017 Spring Season Highlights
  • Liberty defeated Charleston Southern, 4-3, on April 14 at the Cook Tennis Center. Tied 2-2, junior Evangeline Crist and freshman Eugenia Camacho earned three-set wins in their matches to seal the victory. The Lady Flames' victory clinched a share of the Big South Conference's regular-season crown for a second consecutive year. Under Head Coach Jeff Maren's leadership, the Lady Flames are 35-9 in conference play over the past five seasons.
  • Crist, a junior, and sophomore Anna Dollar were both named to the Big South Conference Second Team All-Conference Singles list. Crist became the fourth Lady Flame to make multiple appearances on the all-conference singles team during her career. Crist and Dollar's selections marked the fourth time in program history that multiple Lady Flames have earned all-conference honors for singles.
  • Liberty women's tennis senior Emily Groeneveld earned a spot on the Big South All-Academic team. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native owns a 3.95 GPA at the graduate level and is obtaining her master's degree in human services counseling: crisis response & trauma. She posted a 3.92 undergraduate GPA and completed a bachelor's degree in communications with emphasis on psychology and family and child development in the spring of 2016.
  • The Lady Flames were well-represented in the Big South Weekly Awards, this spring. Senior Mariely Hassey garnered Big South Women's Tennis Player of the Week selection in back-to-back weeks (Feb. 22, March 1), while Crist claimed the award on Feb. 8. Camacho was tabbed the Big South Women's Tennis Freshman of the Week on April 17.
  • Hassey and fellow senior Groeneveld closed out their Liberty careers with strong spring campaigns. Hassey won 15 singles matches during her final spring season, while Groeneveld won 13 singles bouts. The duo teamed up for 13 doubles triumphs, including an 8-2 mark in the No. 3 doubles flight.
  • Several Liberty players made major leaps up the Liberty women's tennis program record book. Hassey won 20 singles matches during the 2016-17 season to move into second place all-time in school history for singles victories (69). Crist captured 17 matches and now stands at No. 3 all-time in career singles victories (67) with one more season to play. Crist's 19 doubles victories bring her to 74 total, which is currently third-most in program history. She also has the fourth-best winning percentage in doubles (74-32, .698), followed by Dollar (45-22, .672), who won 20 more times in doubles as a sophomore. Finally, Groeneveld finished out her Liberty career ninth all-time in Liberty women's tennis history in doubles wins with 49.
  • The Lady Flames won seven of their final 10 matches to close out the season, including a pair of three-match winning streaks (East Carolina, Presbyterian and Gardner-Webb from March 24-31 and Charlotte, Campbell and Charleston Southern from April 10-14).
  • On Feb. 4, Liberty faced a 3-0 deficit to East Tennessee State before rallying to win the final four singles bouts and the match, 4-3. The early-season victory was the Lady Flames' first-ever over the Bucs in program history. ETSU was coming off a 20-3 season during the 2015-16 campaign.
  • Crist and Dollar were tabbed the No. 7 doubles team in the Oracle/ITA Division I Regional Rankings for the Atlantic Regional to start the new year. The pairing won 17 times during the 2016-17 season, including eight victories in the spring.
  • Liberty did not shy away from difficult competition, as the Lady Flames faced eight opponents inside the top 75 in the ITA rankings: No. 61 Louisville, No. 29 Wake Forest, No. 24 Tennessee, No. 67 Furman, No. 46 UCF, No. 28 Tulsa, No. 33 Maryland and No. 58 Winthrop.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2017 Men's Tennis Spring Season Recap

With the spring season completed for the Liberty men's tennis team, LFSN reporter Alan York had a chance to recap the season and look to the future with Liberty Men's Tennis Head Coach Chris Johnson.

The Flames' season concluded with a loss in the quarterfinals of the Big South Men's Tennis Championship on April 19 to No. 1 seed and eventual Big South champion Presbyterian. 

2017 Spring Season Highlights
  • Flames freshman Chase Burton was selected to the Big South Conference First Team All-Conference Singles list. Burton's selection marks the eighth consecutive year a Liberty men's tennis player was chosen to the all-conference singles team. The native of Orlando, Fla., won a team-best 13 matches in the spring, including an 8-3 mark at the No. 1 singles flight.
  • Burton and fellow freshman Vince Salas were both recognized in the Big South Weekly Awards, this spring. Burton garnered back-to-back Big South Freshman of the Week honors (Feb. 2, Feb. 8), while Salas merited selection on March 22.
  • Burton finished 5-2 in Big South singles competition and won eight of his last 11 singles bouts to close out his first year in a Liberty uniform.
  • Liberty junior captain Diego Castano earned a spot on the Big South All-Academic team. The Statesville, N.C., native owns a 3.14 GPA and is majoring in business administration. Castano won a team-best 21 doubles matches during the 2016-17 campaign to go along with 15 singles triumphs.
  • After dropping their opening match to Valparaiso on their spring break trip in Orlando, the Flames won their next three matches on the trip. They defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 4-3, on March 13, followed by a pair of 6-1 victories over Fairfield and Saint Joseph's in a doubleheader, March 15.
  • Liberty pulled out a narrow 4-3 victory at George Mason on Feb. 10. Locked in a 3-3 tie, Flames sophomore Max Borcuti overcame a first-set loss to win in three sets against Giuliano Buzoianu, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, and secure a Liberty victory.
  • The Flames finished above .500 (30-29) in doubles during the spring. Head coach Chris Johnson's most successful unit was Burton and Borcuti, who posted nine against seven losses. The duo was 7-4 in the No. 3 slot in the lineup.
  • The doubles tandem of Castano and sophomore Ryker Heller won all three doubles matches they played in. The pairing prevailed three Big South doubles contests – at Radford (April 9), at Winthrop (April 11) and at UNC Asheville (April 13).
  • Liberty men's tennis started the spring season 2-0 after collecting a pair of victories over King and Bluefield State, Jan. 28 at Crosswhite Athletic Club in Lynchburg. Burton and sophomore captain Eddie Gutierrez both collected two singles victories and two doubles victories apiece on that day.
  • Gutierrez provided stability in the middle of the lineup for the Flames. The sophomore captain posted an 8-6 record playing in the No. 2-4 positions in the Liberty singles lineup.

No. 4 Lady Flames Primed for BSC Championship Semifinal vs. No. 1 Panthers

2017 Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship Bracket 

Liberty, the No. 4 seed in the 2017 Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship, will square off with No. 1 seed High Point in a semifinal showdown on Friday. First draw is set for 4 p.m. at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C.

The Lady Flames (6-12) reached the semifinals following a 20-13 win over Longwood, last Saturday in Lynchburg, while High Point (13-3) earned a bye to the semifinal round. The Panthers finished 7-0 in Big South regular-season play to receive the top seed in the tournament.

No. 2 seed Campbell (9-7) will meet No. 3 seed Winthrop (9-9) in the other semifinal matchup at 7 p.m. on Friday evening at Vert Stadium. The Eagles advanced to the semifinals with a 20-10 victory over No. 6 seed Radford this past Sunday in Rock Hill, S.C.

The Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship title game will be held on Sunday at noon at Vert Stadium.

Series History vs. High Point
The Lady Flames are 1-6 all-time against the Panthers. Their lone win in the series occurred on April 17, 2015, a 16-15 overtime win in Lynchburg.

Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship History
Liberty is 3-4 all-time in the Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship. Two of those victories came in 2015, when the Lady Flames advanced to the title game, while the other occurred last Saturday versus Longwood in Lynchburg.

This year's No. 1 seed, High Point, won back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014. Winthrop, the No. 3 seed, will be looking for its third straight title, after winning the conference championship in 2015 and 2016.

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Friday's semifinal contest will be carried live on the Big South Network. Find the link for the broadcast on the Liberty lacrosse schedule/results panel on

Live stats for the contest will be available on the lacrosse schedule/results panel. Also, be sure to follow @LUGameday on Twitter for updates from Vert Stadium on Friday and for live in-game updates throughout the 2017 Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship.

The championship match will be carried live on ESPN3 on Sunday.

Six Liberty Players Recognized by Big South
The Lady Flames lacrosse program featured six seniors named to the Big South All-Conference list, last week by the conference.

Freshman Carly White was tabbed the Big South Women's Lacrosse Freshman of the Year, joining teammate Kayla Foster, who received the honor in 2016. White tallied 17 goals, eight assists and 25 points in seven league matches.

Foster and seniors Courtney Brown and Victoria Tickle were named to the Big South All-Conference second team. Sophomore Brianna McCaffrey and senior Lindsey McNamara both received Big South All-Conference honorable mention. Finally, Brown was chosen to the Big South All-Academic team for her efforts in the classroom.

Lady Flames News and Notes
  • Liberty is No. 3 in the country in both caused turnovers per game (12.61) and ground balls per game (23.67). The Lady Flames are first in the Big South in both categories.
  • Foster paces the squad in assists (32, No. 32 in nation) and points (63). She is tied for fourth in the conference in assists per game (1.82). Foster (114 career points) is tied for fifth place in program history in career points. The sophomore is also the all-time program leader in assists (61) and needs just two assists to break the single-season mark for a Liberty player (Morgan Becker, 33 in 2015).
  • Sophomore midfielder Brianna McCaffrey leads Liberty in goals (36), draw controls (77) and shots (116). McCaffrey is fifth in the conference and 40th nationally in draw controls per game (4.28) and tied for first in the conference in shots per game (6.44).
  • Foster and McCaffrey both set new career highs with five goals apiece in last Saturday's 20-13 victory over Longwood.
  • Liberty senior defender Victoria Tickle paces the team with 50 ground balls and is 39th in DI in ground balls per game (2.78) and third in the Big South. Tickle is seventh all-time in program history with 99 ground balls and seventh in caused turnovers (55).
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Katherine Widrick places fourth in the Big South in goals-against average (12.99) and fourth in save percentage (.384). She has 99 saves this season and is third all-time in Liberty lacrosse history with 191 saves.
  • Freshmen have been key contributors for the Lady Flames, this spring. Carly White paces the first-year group with 25 goals and 43 points, while Grace Fletcher (18) Hannah Quast (11), Jenna Joyal (9) and Nikki Stumpf (5) have all made their marks as first-year players. White, the 2017 Big South Women's Lacrosse Freshman of the Year, has 36 points in her last six contests, including a pair of seven-point performances during her last two games.
Scouting High Point
The Panthers enter the Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship riding the nation's second-longest winning streak, 13 games. High Point topped Liberty, 25-7, on April 15 in Lynchburg. High Point ranks fifth in the nation in caused turnovers per game (12.44) and assists (8.06), sixth in points per game (23.56) and shots per game (35.75), ninth in scoring offense (15.50) 10th in scoring margin (5.75) and 12th in ground balls per game (21.63).

Offensively, Big South Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year Samantha Brown (48 g, 18 g, 66 pts) leads the attack, while Brooke Stevens (34 g, 26 a, 60 pts) and Darla Poulin (41 g, 17 a, 58 pts) will warrant the attention of the Liberty defense.

Big South Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year Christina Del Sesto (34 gb, 25 ct, 18 dc) anchors the Panthers' defense, while Erica Perrotta (30 g, 22 a, 52 pts, 38 gb, 28 ct) contributes both defensively and on the attack for High Point.

Goalkeeper Jill Rall brings an untarnished 12-0 mark into the 2017 Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship. The freshman is first in the Big South in goals-against average (8.09) by nearly four goals per game and is second in the conference in save percentage (.407).

How Liberty Stacks Up Against the Remaining Big South Teams in the Championship
No. 2 Campbell
The Camels are known for their prowess in the draw circle and for limiting turnovers. Campbell wins 14.88 draw controls per game, good for 12th-best in the country. The Camels only commit 15.81 turnovers per game, which is 27th fewest in DI.

In the two teams' regular-season matchup, Liberty took an 11-10 lead on a White goal with 56.5 ticks remaining on April 8, before Campbell scored the equalizer with 27 seconds left and eventual overtime winner 2:07 into the extra session for a 12-11 victory.

Key offensive players: Kayla Reilly (26 g, 38 a, 64 pts), Melissa Placek (42 g, 11 a, 53 pts), Mackenzie Koeller (34 g, 9 a, 43 pts)
Key defensive players: Amanda Chasin (30 gb, 14 ct), Erin O'Hara (23 gb, 11 ct)
Goalkeeper: Merredith Bechler: (8-5, 12.31 GAA, 109 SV, .394 SV Pct.)
No. 3 Winthrop
Winthrop, the two-time defending Big South Champion, is currently on a six-match winning streak. The Eagles defeated the Lady Flames, 18-13, April 22 at Eagle Stadium in Rock Hill, S.C.

The Eagles boast one of the top scorers in the nation in Nicole Beatson. Beatson is 16th in the nation with 56 goals and sixth with 88 points while ranking No. 1 in free-position percentage (.778). Winthrop was 9-of-11 in free-position shots against Liberty in the regular-season meeting.

Key offensive players: Nicole Beatson (56 g, 32 a, 88 pts, 51 dc), Katherine Judge (43 g, 101 dc), Kristen Shriver (32 g, 31 a, 63 pts)
Key defensive players: Katherine Judge (47 gb, 36 ct) Chloe Wormsley (49 gb, 8 ct)
Goalkeeper: Chloe Wormsley (8-9, 12.06 GAA, 120 SV, .356 SV Pct.)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Dominant Effort Lifts No. 4 Liberty Past No. 5 Longwood, 20-13, in Big South Quarterfinals

A dominant outing from the fourth-seeded Liberty lacrosse team propelled them to a 20-13 victory over fifth-seeded Longwood in a quarterfinal game of the 2017 Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship, Saturday at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.

Kayla Foster and Brianna McCaffrey both set new career highs with five goals apiece, while Big South Freshman of the Year Carly White recorded a four-goal, three-assist game in a winning effort.

With the win, the Lady Flames (6-12) advance to the semifinals of the Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship, where they will face top seed and host High Point (13-3), Friday at 4 p.m. at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C.

"I'm incredibly proud of this group and how they worked and prepared for this game. We've been locked in and focused all week, and it showed today," said Liberty Lacrosse Head Coach Kelly Nangle. "We executed and took care of the gaps of the game, we kept our composure and played a full 60 minutes. We are excited to be playing in May and to get back to work this week!"

The Lancers (7-11) see their 2017 season come to an end, as Liberty was victorious in both matchups between the two squads, this spring. Cassie Angeles paced the visitors with four goals, while Kaitlin Luccarelli recorded a hat trick and two assists.

Liberty took command of the contest from the opening whistle, beginning the afternoon on a 4-1 run. The Lady Flames' Lindsey McNamara forced the Lancers' Riley Dolan into a turnover early in the contest and scooped up the ground ball. The ball eventually found the stick of senior Courtney Brown, who fed Foster for her first tally of the day, giving Liberty a 1-0 lead with 28:06 to play in the half.

White buried her first goal of the day, assisted by Paige Britton, to push the Liberty lead to 2-0 at the 25:24 mark. Following a goal from Longwood's Stephanie Roberts, White scored back-to-back tallies to reach a hat trick in just 8:32. Her third goal of the day came with a defender draped on her and put the hosts ahead, 4-1, with 21:28 left in the opening stanza.

The Lancers scored two of the next three goals, as Andie deCelis (free-positon shot) and Kaitlin Luccarelli brought the deficit down to two, 5-3, with 15:34 on the first half clock.

The Lady Flames distanced themselves again from the Lancers, this time with a 4-0 spurt, including goals from Foster (2), Brown (1) and Paige Britton (1). Britton's tally, her 22nd of the season and seventh in two games versus Longwood this season, staked Liberty to a 9-3 lead with 7:47 left in the half.

Longwood's Angeles delivered a pair of goals while Dolan scored her first of the day to bring the visitors back within three, 9-6, with 3:07 left in the first stanza.

Freshman Grace Fletcher, who had been thwarted on a couple of occasions by Lancers' goalkeeper Imani West, including on a breakaway attempt, finally found the back of the net with 2:00 remaining in the half. After Fletcher was fouled by Corri Calandra, the Commonwealth native calmly fired a low strike from a free-position spot past West for her 18th goal of the year. Fletcher's goal sent the Lady Flames into the break with a 10-6 edge.

Liberty redshirt sophomore Kaitlyn Cassidy-Fischetti provided a spark off the bench for the Lady Flames in the early stages of the second half. Following White's fourth goal of the day to put Liberty up five (11-6), the native of New Jersey found McCaffrey for a goal.

Following the assist, Cassidy-Fischetti scored the next two markers, her sixth and seventh of the season. Her second goal of the day, which came off a Paige Britton pass, provided Liberty a 14-6 lead with 22:57 left in the match. Britton found a cutting Cassidy-Fischetti, who received the pass and buried a shot into the top left corner.

Back-to-back tallies from Molly Barkman and Angeles narrowed the gap to 14-8 at the 20:18 marker. The Lady Flames answered with a 3-1 run, aided by a pair of tallies from McCaffrey, who scored all five of her goals after intermission. The first goal McCaffrey run was a backhanded shovel shot in heavy traffic.

McCaffrey's second goal in that stretch came after she forced Maddie Rollins to turn the ball over near the sideline. Once the sophomore received possession, she darted into the Lancers' zone and ripped a shot from inside the eight-meter arc past West, pushing the Liberty lead to 17-8 with 13:36 to go.

Longwood outscored Liberty, 5-3, during the final 10:36 of play, highlighted by goals from Luccarelli (2), Angeles (1), Lexi Davis (1) and Barkman (2).

Liberty's last three markers came from McCaffrey (2) and Foster. Foster's fifth and final goal of the day came on a powerful forehand shot with 3:19 remaining, while McCaffrey forced Hollyn Royster into a turnover in her own zone.

She collected the ensuing ground ball and notched her fifth goal of the day and team-leading 36th of the year with 1:35 left to bump the lead to 20-12.

Luccarrelli's final tally of the day, her 38th of the season, settled the final score at 20-13 in favor of Liberty

Liberty goalkeepers Katherine Widrick (5-7) and Aubrie Tarris split time in net for the home side. Widrick was credited with her fifth win of the year. Both goalies made one save apiece. Imani West (6-9) recorded 12 saves in goal but was saddled with the loss.

The Lady Flames outshot the Lancers, 46-17, on the day. The 17 shots by Longwood were the fewest Liberty has allowed in any game, this season, while Liberty's 46 shots were the third-most for the team in 2017. Liberty also held advantages in both ground balls (27-14), caused turnovers (18-9) and draw controls (18-17). White played a big role in that, scooping up a game-best six ground balls, recording a game-high four caused turnovers, and winning a team-high three draws.

White matched career highs for goals (4) and points (7) on Saturday afternoon. The native of Marietta, Ga., has totaled 37 points (23 g, 14 a) in her last nine contests.

Should No. 4 Liberty defeat No. 1 High Point on Friday, they would advance to the Big South title game for the second time in program history.

In the other half of the bracket, No. 2 Campbell (9-7) is still awaiting the winner of No. 3 Winthrop (8-9) vs. No. 6 Radford (6-10), which will be contested tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Eagle Stadium in Rock Hill, S.C. Campbell will face either Winthrop or Radford at 7 p.m., Friday night at Vert Stadium, with the winner earning a berth in the championship game.

The Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship title game will be held on May 7 at noon at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C. and will be broadcast live on ESPN3.